6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Voters go to poll in 3 constituencies Oct 30
  2. CDA assessing viral video of girl beaten with machete
  3. Flash Flood Watch extended for low-lying areas
  4. Samuda to address coffee farmers’  issues
  5. Opposition calls for HPV vaccine public ed campaign
  6. Ministry not ready for mandatory HPV vaccine

1. Voters go to polls in 3 constituencies Oct 30

It will be one of the most crucial by-elections in Jamaica’s recent political history when voters in St Mary South East go to the polls on Monday, October 30. At the same time, voters in St Andrew South and St Andrew South West will also go to the polls on that date. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. CDA assessing viral video of girl beaten with machete

Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas. Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 this morning, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Flash flood Watch for low-lying areas extended

Persons living in low-lying and flood-prone areas are being encouraged to remain on alert. The Meteorological Service has further extended the Flash Flood Watch for these communities. The alert remains in place until 5 this afternoon. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Samuda to address coffee farmers’ issues

Agriculture and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda is to outline a plan of action to address issues affecting coffee farmers. Samuda has called a press conference for 10 tomorrow morning. The most vexing issue is the price being paid to coffee farmers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Opposition calls for HPV vaccine public ed campaign

The Opposition Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Dayton Campbell is calling for the urgent implementation of a public education programme ahead of the administering of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Ministry not ready for mandatory HPV vaccine

As the Ministry of Health administers the human papilloma-virus (HPV) vaccines in schools today, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said it is of equal importance to make sure that parents fully understand and appreciate the benefits of having their children vaccinated. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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